Transformer AiO: All-in-One PC, Tablet runs Windows 8, Android

ASUS is the first one to come out with an All in One PC, Tablet (Windows 8, Android Jelly Bean).

Asus Transformer AiO P1801 is the ultimate one device that can do everything:

  • Dock it to Desk station,it becomes a full fledged Windows 8 Desktop PC with keybaord, mouse.
  • When undocked, runs Android JellyBean 4.1

Asus Transformer AiO P1801 is a high-end all-in-one device that comes in various specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3, i5 to i7, 4GB RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 730M
  • Storage: 1TB
  • Optical: DVD burner
  • RAM: 4GB  to 8GB
  • Display: 18.4″ 1920×1080 resolution
  • Camera: Front and rear
  • Connectivity and ports: 4USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth, 802.11ABGN wifi, HDMI Out, MicroSD reader, mini-USB 2.0 port, headset jack,
  • Android mode: 2GB RAM, Tegra 3, 4.1 Jellybean (yes it has two processors)


You can switch back and forth between Windows and Android, so you can complete your work (or play) in Windows on a tabletop device that’s lighter than competitive portable all-in-ones or large screen notebooks.

Transformer AiO P1801 will be available for $1299 around april-may 2013.

Asus Transformer AiO P1801 Review

The Design
The Transformer AIO is first of its kind hybrid combo that does almost everything at once. When docked, it acts as a PC, when undocked its a fullfledged Tablet running Windows 8 & Android.

When undocked, device has two inbuilt kickstands to use in two different positions.

Features

The tablet has a USB 2.0 port marked off for the wireless keyboard/mouse dongle, four USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-out port, Ethernet, audio ports, and an SD card reader.

The base & tablet can run independent OS and if you use HDMI-port to connect an external display, you can use both environments (Windows 8 and Android 4.1) simultaneously.

The 18.4″ display looks gorgeous and Vibrant. with native 1080p resolution, all movies are guaranteed to stun you. The display is viewable from all positions, giving it 178degrees of viewing angle. Not just the display, its touch capabilities are also pretty amazing with 10-point capacitive touch.

Since the screen is functionally an Android tablet with video pass-through, it displays video from the Core i5 Windows based PC until you remove the screen from its base or switch to the Android environment manually via the blue switch on the side or with a soft button in Windows.

If you simply lift the screen out of its base while the PC is on, the tablet switches to the Splashtop remote control software which is similar to VNC, or Windows Remote Desktop Connection. It takes few seconds and after that you see your Windows 8 desktop through the VNC connection.

The mouse and keyboard will continue to work with the tablet, though the keyboard and mouse are limited by the range of their wireless radios to the USB dongle.

When in the tablet mode, battery juice lasts only for 6hours on continuos usage. In Tablet, the device does feel under powered coz Tegra 3 wasn’t designed to power a 192×1080 large screen. Web browsing, running apps and all are fine but gaming will not be great.
With its Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GT 740M graphics, the Transformer AIO is a decent multimedia system for power users.

Asus has done it again by creating a unique segment. Its sure looks attractive but how far would you take a 18″ tablet?

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